Boys Soccer Feels Growing Pains in First Tournament

 

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Varsity team after the first game

 

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By Ricardo Ramirez

This past Thursday, August 26, the MCHS Boys Soccer Team kicked off their second season at the Cassville Classic Tournament. The Mustangs were looking to repeat last year’s success and win the tournament for the second year in a row. There was a lot of excitement going around the team as their first game against Thomas Jefferson approached, especially from varsity captain Alex Garcia.

“We’re going to win the tournament,”Garcia said before giving his prediction for the rest of the season “ The seniors we had were such an important piece of last year’s squad. This [Squad] needs more time to be together …but overall I think we’ll have a good start to the season.”

Thursday’s game went exactly how the Mustangs wanted to start the season off with a 4-0 victory over Thomas Jefferson, with multiple goals from Jeobany Marcos, Jose Valdez, and Eh Doh Say also provided some offensive spark, scoring one goal apiece.The Mustangs started Saturday with a highly tense match against New Covenant, The Mustangs controlled early on in the match, but New Covenant overpowered them to take the lead after what appeared to be a controversial call from the referee. The Mustangs would soon find an equalizer in the second half from Eh Doh Say with the goal assisted by Jeobany Marcos. New Covenant would go on to win the game in the dying last minutes of game to give the Mustangs their first defeat of the season.

The final match was against the host school, Cassville, the two teams looked evenly matched early in the game, but the Mustangs were quickly out powered by Cassville’s offense, leaving the Mustangs very frustrated with 4 of their players receiving yellow cards. The match ended with Cassville scoring 3 goals and keeping a clean sheet for their goalkeeper.

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